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7 Shade-Loving Rarities of the Plant World


“Pteridophyllum racemosum,” I replied, thereby landing a privileged internship at New York’s Stonecrop Gardens. My bottomless admiration for woodland plants, of which the said Pteridophyllum is an uncommon example, has consistently repaid. Obscure or mainstream,…

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Renowned Architects Give Artworks a Minimalist New Residence


The Parrish Art Museum has moved into a new construction in Water Mill, New York, roughly triple the distance of its previous home nearby. The new building, which opened in November 2012 and was designed…

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Art Deco Elements Create a Contemporary Flap


Generally linked to the flapper style of the 1920s, art deco appeared as a reaction to the enthusiasm of contemporary developments after World War I and flourished through the ’30s and ’40s. The art deco…

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Build a Smarter Kitchen Now With Gadgets You Already Have


The kitchen is a good place for a computer. For starters, cooks want timers, clocks, recipes, directions and much more — and even computers are ideal for these tasks. Additionally, kitchens have become hubs of…

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Saltbox Houses Pleasingly Pepper Landscapes


The Chinese philosopher Confucius is known for saying,”Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” The same is applicable to architecture, with saltbox homes being a rare and refreshing exception. A saltbox…

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Let Creativity Spill Over at the Kitchen


We love a gorgeous kitchen which meets our needs in the prepping, cooking, storage and baking department. But occasionally, a kitchen goes above and beyond the functional and enters the realm of the imaginative, revealing…

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Design Option: Double Headboards to Cap a Corner Chair


On occasion a bed placed in the center of a space takes up too much space or simply doesn’t seem right — but only shoving the bed into a corner can be awkward, too. Designer…

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Light and Sweetness in a Swedish Family Home


Having a tasteful mix of clean, Swedish design and subtle bursts of colour, Anna and Richard Wright have created their small house in Stockholm, Sweden, a playful retreat for their family of five. Located in…

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Guest Picks: Little Kid, Big Style


In designing my daughters’ mixed nursery and “big girl” room, I hunted out products that carried my own aesthetic in the rest of the home in their space too, producing a magical sanctuary of serenity…

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Pine Cones: Not Just for Christmas


Odds are that the last time you saw a pine cone at someone’s house, it had been on a mantel bedecked for the holidays. Even though these beauties tend to get tossed back outside or…

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